I’m worried for myself
Ordering food in, opting for same-day delivery services …
We want things now, instant gratification is the new addiction.
Looking at our phones while waiting for the coffee machine to be done, or for our turn in the queue …
If the things we want don’t come to us fast enough, we fill up the void with enough distractions to last the wait.
We seem to have grown impatient.
In every moment, we are chasing that instant dopamine hit by checking our phones every now and then. As a result, it is easy to lose focus on the more important things in the long term. Personally, I see the experiment on the marshmallow effect as a wake-up call, not just information.
- How many of us can wait for the next bus or train without looking at our phones?
- How many of us can wait in the queue for our food without browsing through social media?
Waiting is seen as a waste of time. If we must wait, we better be multi-tasking with our mobile devices. We can’t look idle, that’s not productive.
I’m worried for myself.
I’m worried that I lack the patience to wait for the finer and greater things in my life. I’m worried that I would tend to find distractions and procrastinate, instead of trusting the process of getting to where I want to be. Because I can’t see the end result(s) so soon, and the future is uncertain.
At this juncture of my life, I worry a lot about my future. That said, I think that in today’s increasingly connected world, disconnecting from it once in a while would enable me to connect to my own true self and actually do work.
Thank you for reading!